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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:56 PM

Bob Braun. Hey, New Jersey: You people wanted him, you people got him.

Bob Braun retired from NJ's Star Ledger short of his 50 years there. I kept up with his columns on the harm being done to education in the name of reform. Now I follow his personal blog.

In a recent post he let fly on Chris Christie's win. He spares no one at all. He does not spare the Democrats who supported him. His reference to "you people" actually came from Christie's own mouth when he told a teacher he was "tired of you people."

Actually at least 50 Democrats supported Christie

From his blog on November 6.

Hey, New Jersey You people wanted him, you people got him.

Barbara Buono was treated by New Jersey’s Democratic leadership as if she suffered from a contagious disease. She had one—she was a woman unafraid of Chris Christie in a state where many men leading the Democratic Party hid behind the big man’s shadow.

Courage has got to be stamped out before it spreads—and Christie and his Democratic tail-waggers got a big start Tuesday night.

About 400 people, maybe half of them professionally indifferent media types, crammed into Novita’s in Metuchen Tuesday night to bear witness to the conclusion of, in its way, the biggest political sellout since the end of Reconstruction gave us Jim Crow laws. Sorry, that’s not an exaggeration— by betraying Barbara Buono, New Jersey’s Democrats have unleashed on the nation a right wingnut who will campaign as an oxymoron, a Republican moderate. And could become president.

If Chris Christie, someone who couldn’t be re-elected freeholder, whose brother bought him the US Attorney’s office, who used the machinery of federal prosecutions to eliminate his rivals, who incited hatred against teachers and other public employees, who presided over unemployment and property tax increases, who made the poor poorer and the rich richer, who made publicly abusing women a new professional sport in New Jersey—becomes president of the United States, we have one group to blame:

The leadership of New Jersey’s Democrats.


In October from his blog Braun also went after his former paper for endorsing Chris Christie.

Braun unleashes on Ledger

Bob Braun, legendary former columnist for the Star-Ledger, didn't appreciate his former employer's endorsement this past weekend of Gov. Chris Christie.

Braun, who left his job at The Ledger at the end of June, just short of the 50-year service mark, wrote a scathing reaction piece on his new blog to the editorial page's support for Christie...

"What is extraordinary about today’s Star-Ledger editorial endorsing Chris Christie is that it invites readers to follow an immoral—or, at least, amoral—path: To vote for a man its anonymous author points out is 'hostile to low income families' by raising their taxes and 'sabotaging' affordable housing. The writer asks us to vote for a man who is a 'catastrophe' for the environment and 'fraudulent' in his budget. The newspaper concedes he is destroying our independent judiciary. New Jersey’s largest daily further asks us to embrace someone who is at least borderline corrupt because he made sure a friend won a no-bid state contract.

The newspaper fails to mention other failures, including the loss of $400 million in federal education funds, the blunder of canceling the tunnel project, his opposition to Obamacare, and his support from the Koch brothers, men who are destroying democracy as we know it
. Typically for this newspaper, it finds Christie’s uncivil and obnoxious behavior 'entertaining.' It’s not. It’s beneath the dignity of a great state. Anyone who suggests taking a bat to a woman or calls a critic a 'jerk' or 'numbnuts' does not deserve serious attention much less high office. He deserves to be sent back to Morris County for another try at the freeholder board.


It's nice to see someone lay the truth out so clearly, even if it is from a personal blog and no longer in his position with the newspaper.

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Reply Bob Braun. Hey, New Jersey: You people wanted him, you people got him. (Original post)
madfloridian Nov 2013 OP
madfloridian Nov 2013 #1
bettyellen Nov 2013 #2
madfloridian Nov 2013 #3
bettyellen Nov 2013 #9
madfloridian Nov 2013 #11
bettyellen Nov 2013 #18
NaturalHigh Nov 2013 #4
madfloridian Nov 2013 #5
NaturalHigh Nov 2013 #6
madfloridian Nov 2013 #10
WinkyDink Nov 2013 #7
NaturalHigh Nov 2013 #8
WinkyDink Nov 2013 #17
onyourleft Nov 2013 #16
Dread Pirate Roberts Nov 2013 #12
madfloridian Nov 2013 #15
Laxman Nov 2013 #13
madfloridian Nov 2013 #14
bettyellen Nov 2013 #19

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:10 PM

1. More from his blog. What is Christie hiding in Hunterdon County?

What is Christie hiding in Hunterdon County?

Just as a trial court in Trenton was about to release potentially embarrassing—and possibly explosive—documents about the Christie administration’s involvement in the quashing of indictments against powerful Republican allies, the Appellate Division saved the day for Gov. Chris Christie. And, maybe, saved the election.

The documents could have provided insight into why Paula Dow, then Christie’s attorney general and now a nominee herself to a court seat, intervened both to throw out indictments against the Hunterdon County sheriff and two sheriff deputies and then fired or forced out the prosecutors involved in the case.

If, as Bennett Barlyn, the plaintiff in the case contends, the material proves what he calls “corruption” at the highest levels of the administration, then Christie could have been hurt at the polls Nov. 5.

But, no worries for Christie. At the urging of the Christie Administration, the Appellate Division blocked the release of the documents pending briefs and hearings on appeal. The case won’t be heard until January, long after the election–so interested voters won’t know what’s in the material until it’s too late to have an impact on their decision.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:14 PM

2. NJ politics, including Dems, are so very corrupt, the voters are fed up. I don't think they have a

 

shred of hope in electing anyone honest. The races here are brutal, lots of corruption and intimidation, even for school board. It's been that way forever here. Sucks.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 05:53 PM

3. I had no idea...

it was that widespread. I guess I thought this was a one time thing that Dems did for favors perhaps.

That's a shame.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:34 PM

9. OMG, the stories I could tell. Just locally working in our mayoral race, organizing one district

 

the opponent tried to hire me away with money a few times, and I declined. The last time he did, I tried to lose him by saying I was running late- he walked home with me. When I said my goodbye, he said "So this is where you live? It would be a shame if anything happened to this building." There had been many buildings going up in flames, and lives lost in the past ten years before that, because landlords wanted all tenants out to go condo. He was menacing about it- and it did frighten me. He won, ended up having a fist and bat fight with his son on main street of town (he was cheating with his son's girlfriend) eventually landed in jail for corruption, and had brain cancer, and survived it all. Don't even ask me what happened with the machines on election day- some machines were delivered unsealed with votes on them already, and pollworkers insisted it was okay. I never saw so many laws broken in one day. Crazy.

At a debate, his campaign manager called my candidate a "Kike" and when someone called him on it, his response was to pretend someone else, called him "A Wop". That was at a public meeting, with three reporters- and no one told the story straight- they acted as if they could not tell who said what when only "Kike" had been yelled out.

The FBI has video of voter fraud that was crazy obvious, we have no idea what info they got in order to not prosecute that. People who work in the school system and live in public housing are regularly pressured to work on campaigns or loose their jobs. Campaign workers are paid 50$ to vote three times under phony names. People go into local hospitals and come out with dozens of absentee ballots from people who are unable to speak or write, because they are currying favor. Hundreds of votes are phony, people who moved out of town, and the Dem poll workers create distractions so the votes do not get challenged. Everyone knows this stuff goes on. We have a great mayor now, because another one was sent to jail, and she seceded him as head of the city council.

But basically, we were so solidly Dem, and had so much money pouring in for development, that things in the Dem party got very corrupt, and no one could get elected without "the machine's" approval. Anyone who follows politics knows this crap happens, and I really think that, coupled with increased wealth and Wall St influence, has been turning bits of NJ redder and redder. Buono was too honest to thrive in this environment. The machine wanted someone who would wring all the money and power out of the situation, and hopefully kick back some to them. It is a shame.







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Response to bettyellen (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:30 PM

11. Your last paragraph...

gives me a chill. I know that stuff happens, but NJ is such a big scale thing. When we were active during the Dean campaign we lost any naivete we had about politics. We were at ground zero so to speak of attempts to neutralize his influence. So I guess I am not surprised. Thanks for the post.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 02:12 PM

18. it really frightened me away from doing anything public locally.

 

behind the scenes is a different story, but some of those people are just animals. It's sad that our school system feeds the whole thing. They don't hire talent, they hire friends who will be good soldiers.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:20 PM

4. I'm no Christie fan...

but I think it's very poor form for a journalist to berate the voters for simply casting votes for the candidate of their choice. This guy comes off as holier-than-thou and believing that he has the right to tell others how to cast their votes. The time for his sermonizing was before the election. Now he's he's just whining.

As for Christie being president - never gonna happen.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:58 PM

5. "holier than thou"?

I don't think so. In his columns he often spoke out against Christie.

His blog post is not received well here because he is pointing out that our own party had a role in his re-election. That idea should bother people, but it does not seem to do that.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:01 PM

6. I guess it just bothers me when journalists use their columns...

to berate people for how they chose to cast their votes. It comes off as him being angry that people didn't vote the way he told them to. Just my opinion.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:49 PM

10. He was berating the Democrats more so than the public.

There are a lot of things to be angry about right now. It has taken decades for our Democrats to finally realize that they can not compromise with extremists. In fact they have still not reached full realization. There has been so much compromise that groups like the tea party could take over things.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:13 PM

7. You must REALLY loathe the Rude Pundit! BTW: The writer is smarter than to think what you assert.

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 07:15 PM

8. Not sure I've ever read the Rude Pundit.

I've heard of it, though.

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Response to NaturalHigh (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 01:51 PM

17. Over 5K posts here, and never read TRP?

 

He's not for the faint of heart or language:
http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2013/11/chris-christie-aint-shit.html

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Response to NaturalHigh (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 01:03 PM

16. Never say...

...never. There were many of us who said that about Bush. I know I won't make that mistake again.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:09 AM

12. Mr. Braun Is Spot On In This Article

Check out the map of the NJ Turnout and you will see that something was up in this election. If you don't really know the NJ electorate/population you have to understand where the votes are in the state. Much like the country at-large the geographic distribution of votes isn't even. Here is a map from the 2012 Presidential election. That stripe of dark blue that goes diagonally across the state is where the votes are. Normal turnout in Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Mercer and Camden Counties would have significantly altered the results. Perhaps not enough to change the outcome, but certainly enough to make the election much closer. Instead these counties had record low turnout for a statewide race.

Christie was able to cut deals with the Democratic leadership in the state, aided in no small part by his total control over the distribution of billions of dollars in Sandy aid. Many Democratic mayors in towns that were devastated by Sandy endorsed Christie in the hope/fear of ensuring that needed aid would be directed to their communities. A large portion of the legislative leadership on the Democratic side is backed by the same development/business interests that brought us Christie in the first place. Deals were cut, turnout was suppressed and Buono was left hanging out to dry...by our state Democratic leaders. Why? Its the usual suspects. Money, influence, power and the comfort of knowing they can hold on to their own positions.

No dictator reigns solely on his own capabilities. They need their toadies to prop them up. Hard as it may be to accept, the blowhard in Trenton has a stable of Democratic enablers that support his agenda and inflate his image and power.

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Response to Dread Pirate Roberts (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 12:55 PM

15. Cutting deals...

Way too many deals have been cut through the last couple of decades....trying to appease radicals. Enough.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 11:55 AM

13. It's like having Ralph Kramden as our Governor

If Ralph Kramden was evil instead of just a blockhead.



I've Got a Big Mouth Mary Pat! A BIG Mouth!

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Response to Laxman (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 12:04 PM

14. ....

Ha ha. Love it.

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Response to Laxman (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 02:14 PM

19. I think Ralph is evil, all those threats of beating his wife. Not cool. Always hated that show.

 

I don't give a crap that Trixie was always right, or he was "sorry". He never mended his ways.

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